Thailand will reopen the doors to welcome foreign tourists in the next four months after a year of strict measures against the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said in a televised address.
The Thai premier confirmed that the country has secured 105.5 million doses of anti-epidemic vaccines to inject the population this year and will continue to seek other sources by 2022.
The Southeast Asian nation intends to carry out the immunization campaign starting next July with an average of 10 million doses, in order to materialize the aforementioned objective, as a contribution to support its highly tourism-dependent economy, he added.
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The reopening of the gates in favor of tourism is an important measure to reduce the economic burden of the villagers who lost income during the past year, PM Prayut said.
“The time has now come for us to look ahead and set the date on which we can fully open our country and start welcoming visitors, because it is one of the important ways by which we can start to reduce the enormous suffering of people who have lost their incomes,” he remarked.
Restrictions to limit entry into the country and strict isolation requirements in recent times have helped Thailand control the spread of the disease. However, they also led to a sharp decline in the number of foreign visitors in 2020.
-Thailand News (TN)